On Wednesday on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a speech and called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she continues to block COVID-19 funding.
McConnell’s speech came after Pelosi admitted that she blocked COVID-19 funding on purpose and that she wouldn’t agree to a smaller bill unless Joe Biden is in office.
According to the Daily Caller:
“In September, we tried something else — a targeted effort to send hundreds of billions of dollars for the PPP, vaccine development, and other priorities. Every Democrat voted to block us from even debating it. And they did it a second time in October. Last week, after speaking with the Administration, I made yet another overture. The Democratic Leader said no thanks,” McConnell started.
“And just yesterday, the Speaker and the Democratic Leader brushed off two different overtures in the space of about two hours! I suggested that both sides drop what seems to be the most controversial demand in our counterparts’ eyes. Democrats continue to oppose common-sense legal protections that university presidents have been begging for, and Republicans see no need to spend huge sums of money to state and local governments whose tax revenues have actually gone up,” McConnell said.
“Negotiating 101 suggests we set those two controversial pieces aside and plow ahead with the huge pile of things that we agree on. But that would require both sides to want an outcome truly. Just hours after Democrats poured cold water on that, Secretary Mnuchin tried another new track and sent over an offer. In a bizarre and schizophrenic press release, the Speaker and the Leader said the Administration was “obstruct[ing]” negotiations… by negotiating,” he added.